Hurricane relief on its way

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Celebrating our Alex

On Alex’s anniversary with EdNC Four years ago tomorrow on December 1, Alex Granados started working at EdNC. Referred by...

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Sampson Community College teaches a village to raise a hog

Even if you’ve never set foot in Sampson County, you might have depended on it for a hot meal. A...

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Addressing the leaks along the education-to-work pipeline

Recently, a lot of attention in education policy has been focused on educational attainment and the loss points that occur...

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A Christmas Carol: Education for our times

The Ghost of Christmas Present takes Ebenezer Scrooge on a tour to see how people barely making ends meet nonetheless...

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How one community college is responding to changing demographics and workforce needs

At October’s State Board of Community College meeting, members were treated to a sobering presentation on the challenges facing community...

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myFutureNC blog series: Evidence — Linking scholars and education practitioners

When the myFutureNC Commission set out its plan to develop educational attainment goals for all education systems in North Carolina,...

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2018 W. Dallas Herring Lecture livestream

At this year’s W. Dallas Herring lecture hosted by NC State University, Dr. Karen Stout, President/CEO of Achieving the Dream,...

Question of the Week – November 28

The average tuition to attend a public four-year institution has seen a 213 percent increase from the 1997-98 school year to the...

New Gallup/myFutureNC survey: North Carolinians see education as a path to success, remain concerned about affordability and equity

The following is a press release from myFutureNC   Raleigh, NC, November 28, 2018- North Carolinians believe increased educational opportunity...

Florence recovery, election shakeups, and more…

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Building a secure future through welding

As a student at Crest High School, Lucas Mello discovered welding because of a partnership between Crest and Cleveland Community...

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Wayne Community College: Creating opportunities for every student

Jorge Martinez became an American citizen this year. He arrived in North Carolina and immediately signed up for an English...

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Federal migrant education program: How it came to be

The intervention by the federal government to improve the lives of migrant students was largely sparked by the television documentary...

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An inside look: Schooling migrant families

Hope Derry and Janett Nunez Meza are not a threatening pair. Derry is an unassuming 30-year-old from Ohio, and Nunez...

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The ticket: What the NCHSAA may vote on this week

The N.C. High School Athletic Association will meet this week at its winter board of directors meeting. Over the last...

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The conversation

I have always envied those who have had the opportunity to meet and learn from wise and emphatic leaders or...

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Stringing sound: Violin making at Surry Community College

“You don’t know how to read the music?” I asked, completely surprised. “No, God, no! I don’t want to know...

IEI’s ReCONNECT to Community is happening today in Asheville!

Awake58: Scott Ralls a finalist at Wake Tech

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, November 26, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  Scott Ralls...

Wake Tech announces three finalists for next president

The following is a press release from Wake Technical Community College Three exceptional finalists have been named in the search...

Public listening session tonight on state’s early childhood action plan

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Western Piedmont Community College works in Burke County

Western Piedmont Community College sits right off of I-40 in Burke County. For those who have recently traveled to Asheville...

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Education Matters – The new State Board of Education

Topic: The New State Board of Education The NC General Assembly may have stripped the North Carolina State Board of...

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The powerful notion of ‘home’

Home. This four-letter word can be so simple yet immensely powerful all at the same time. As our time in...

From thoughtful to fun, enjoy some of my favorite faces and places…

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Cultivating curiosity through hands on history at CVCC

I came to teaching as a mid-career choice after 15 years managing a video production and news department. During that...

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My first-generation college experience: Emmanuel Vazquez

Hello first-generation college students, My name is Emmanuel Vazquez and I currently attend UNC-Charlotte after transferring from Appalachian State University....

Because after you eat your turkey, you are going to want to sit down and read EdNC…

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My first-generation college experience: Jeryn Lindsay

I was brought up in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system. Faculty served as my mentors for the most part, and no...

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Enriching students and the environment through service learning at CVCC

I am the proud product of the North Carolina Community College system. Being a non-traditional student who started college at...

We are thankful for the miles we drive, the stories we tell, the people we serve.

Ever thankful for North Carolina’s bright spots and our leaders who are working to build a greater North Carolina

Bright spots drive change.  From the very beginning of EducationNC, we have believed in lifting up bright spots across North...

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Reflections on 26 years as an educator at CVCC

At some point in my junior or senior year of my undergraduate studies as an astronomy major at UNC-Chapel Hill,...

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My first-generation college experience: Darling Sanchez

When I came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant in 2004, the biggest obstacle that I automatically faced...

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Insight from the ‘president of presidents’: A conversation with David Shockley of Surry Community College

At the end of August, the EducationNC team took on the massive task of visiting all 58 community colleges in...

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The ticket: The best act of sportsmanship, plus more weekly high school sports news, analysis, and insight

The best moment of the boys soccer championships didn’t include the ball. The display of sportsmanship escaped the sight of...

We are thankful every day for our students, our state, our future.

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The efficacy of Read to Achieve

Recently, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation published a report on the state’s Read to Achieve program, a state initiative pushed...

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My first-generation college experience: Claudia Martinez

Coming to a prestigious university was a huge milestone in my life, one I never thought possible until high school....

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Into the wild: Students explore career goals in NC Wildlife course

Since the age of 3, Tariq McBride grew up around animals. He has two snakes at home, along with a...

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My life’s labyrinth to love for community colleges

I admire people that intuitively understand their life’s journey at an early age. My husband is an engineer—and always wanted...

Bright Spots: Profound Gentlemen

Profound Gentlemen delivers programming to male educators of color. A core part of the program is focused on retention through...

Awake58: Giving thanks and looking ahead

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, November 19, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  Giving thanks...

EdNC is thankful for you!

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The next General Assembly session is going to feel different

This changes everything. For the past few years, Republicans have controlled the General Assembly with such clear majorities that they...

Bright Spots: STEM East

The STEM East network is a collaboration across 12 counties in eastern North Carolina. The network works to make sure...

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Finding my bliss and using it to enrich others at CVCC

I began my trip through higher education at the age of 38 in 2000, walking into Catawba Valley Community College...

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From our high schools to our colleges: First-generation in North Carolina

College campuses across the nation participated in the second annual First-Generation College Celebration on Nov. 8, honoring students working toward...

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Rain, ponchos, and a human encyclopedia

Close your eyes and imagine Mexico. What do you see? Cactus, brown rocky terrain, maybe desert with heat waves radiating...

Educating for an unknown future

Greene County’s Superintendent named NC’s 2019 A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year

The following is a press release from the North Carolina Association of School Administrators Dr. Patrick C. Miller, Superintendent of...

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DavieLEADS – First year results are in, Davie making great strides in early literacy achievement

Davie County Schools is on a roll — an honor roll. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has released...

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Resourceful Communities: Where faith and food intersect

“What is your favorite food memory?” Justine Post, the Faith and Food Coordinator at Resourceful Communities, posed this question to...

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In school choice, what’s best for all students?

Too often, questions related to school and program design get debated and decided in terms of the preferences of adults,...

Bright Spots: Project SEARCH

Three years ago, Mission Health brought Project SEARCH to Asheville. Project SEARCH, an international model for developing employment opportunities for...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Educator Discovery Awards, Afterschool, Millions to Diversity

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

Students self-advocate, micro credentials, and voters’ view on paying for public schools

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Dealing with hunger on campus: Durham Tech’s Campus Harvest Food Pantry

Just before noon, a line of students starts forming outside a classroom in the Edward L. Phillips Building at Durham Tech....

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Welcome to Mexico: Reflections on day one of our journey

Welcome to Mexico! Our first full day here was busy and I don’t think anyone would disagree when I say...

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The lasting impact of Hurricane Florence on my students

In my home of Onslow County, students last went to school on Sept. 10. Then Hurricane Florence hit. Students at...

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How did North Carolina’s youth vote in the 2018 midterms?

As the country voted on Tuesday, high school students from North Carolina had the chance to participate in simulation elections...

Bright Spots: Alamance Career Accelerator Program

The Alamance Career Accelerator Program is a four-year apprenticeship program aimed at addressing immediate needs for skilled workers and a...

Question of the Week – November 14

With the potential for conversation with family and friends around the holiday dinner table quickly approaching, we have political dialogue...

National report on foster care released

Bright Spots: Made in Durham

Made in Durham is a collaboration between education, business, youth-serving nonprofits, and young people across Durham. The ultimate goal is...

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Selfie time: Introducing the NC Community College Hispanic/Latinx initiative team

Selfies are such an engrained activity in society today that I thought about asking the NC Community College Hispanic/Latino initiative...

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Episode 5: The road to Morganton

This is the fifth episode of the series that will tell the story of the development of a new campus...

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The ticket: Home field advantage? It sometimes pays to travel in the NCHSAA playoffs

Coaches and fans like to have home-field advantage in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs, but sometimes it pays...

In Harnett County visit, Gov. Cooper signs proclamation for American Education Week

The following is a press release from the Office of Governor Roy Cooper Today, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed November 12-16...

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First in Future: President of the NC Community College System Peter Hans

What a better way to start our next hundred episodes of First in Future, than talking with someone who is...

The annual State of College Admission report is out…

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A seed without soil: Hydroponics at Surry Community College

“My grandma had greenhouses, and my folks were always out gardening and landscaping and growing plants. I knew that’s what...

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Join us for the W. Dallas Herring Lecture at NC State

It is important to commemorate W. Dallas Herring, whose work led to the constellation of community colleges that drive so...

Bright Spots: K-64 in Catawba County

K-64 is a five-year collaboration between the economic development and education sectors in Catawba County. The goal is for Catawba...

Awake58: North Carolina’s future might depend on you

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, November 12, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  North Carolina’s...

North Carolina launches educator discovery awards to help public school teachers connect students with careers

The following is a press release from the Office of Governor Roy Cooper A new program will help North Carolina...

Bright Spots: Gold Rush Grant at UNC Charlotte

North Carolina has more than 900,000 residents who have completed some college, but have not received a degree or a...

Election analysis continues

NCHSAA brackets: 2018 football playoffs

The N.C. High School Athletic Association football playoffs are underway. Here are the dates you need to know: First round:...

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Results: How did students vote in the 2018 midterm elections?

On Tuesday, students from across North Carolina pulled out their cell phones, opened their Chromebooks, or lined up at desktop...

Personalized learning, equity, and excellence

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All in a day: A tour of Cleveland Community College

My tour of Cleveland Community College, as part of EducationNC’s Blitz Week, started at the top — in the president’s...

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Education caught in a ‘two one-party state’ moment

In an interview with NPR in the midst of the just-completed campaign, former Republican Congressman Tom Davis of Virginia gave...

Bright Spots: Wilson Youth Master Plan

In 2014, community leaders in Wilson County developed and launched a master plan focused on improving life outcomes for local...

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Follow along with us: NC Community College Hispanic/Latino Initiative travels to Mexico

In the spring of 2018, the NC State Board of Community Colleges adopted a new strategic plan, Putting Education to...

New reports on small class sizes and personalized learning released

Bright Spots: Project SECURE at Wake Tech

Wake Technical Community College will train 450 people for information technology (IT) jobs through Project SECURE. To qualify for Project...

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Career and technical education: North Carolina public schools’ best kept secret

If you have social media, you have probably come across an image like this at some point while scrolling. For...

Question of the Week – November 7

Now that the 2018 midterms are over, do you feel more or less hopeful about the future? Why?

Bright Spots: Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership (STEP)

STEP is the Strategic Twin Counties Education Partnership that exists between Edgecombe and Nash counties. This partnership is working to...

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The five protective factors: A community approach to preventing ACES

An earlier article written by Disability Rights North Carolina introduced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and its effects, as well as...

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North Carolina schools are ‘all back’ following Florence

Children poured into the lobby and down the halls of Dixon Elementary in Onslow County, with state and school officials,...

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Wayne County Schools pushes back against attempted ISD takeover

In a letter sent to Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and other members of the State Board of Education, Michael Dunsmore,...

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Go vote y’all in your ‘fancy clothes and overalls’

Late last night, flying back from my first parents weekend, I was thinking about today, election day. Elections matter, y’all. ...

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Students across NC exercise their voice and their vote on EdNC’s First Vote NC platform

Today is Election Day! High school students across North Carolina will exercise their voices today by casting ballots using the...

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A seat at the table: Women talk working in STEM

When Ash Dhungel started high school she thought she was going to be a journalist, but it didn’t stick. A...

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myFutureNC blog series: Empowering human potential, one student at a time

Appalachian State University strives to open possibilities for our students, our society, and our planet by empowering human potential. As...

Five stars: Honoring the best athletes in each North Carolina region

Welcome to “Five Stars,” the weekly feature where we highlight great athletic achievements across our state’s many regions. As the...

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The ticket: What you need to know about the rash of ejections in high school football

In a seven-day span, there were reports of at least four different high school football games involving altercations, which carries...

Awake58: Finish First

This is a copy of the Awake58 newsletter originally sent on Monday, November 5, 2018. Click here to subscribe.  Finish First...

North Carolina getting ready for the vote

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Education Matters – How will the election affect education in NC?

Topic: How will the election affect education in NC? North Carolinians began casting ballots on October 17th at early-voting sites...

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In-Depth with Rob Boisvert: What’s the story on school safety, North Carolina?

“What’s the story, North Carolina? What’s the story on school violence? What’s the story on the safety of our students?...

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Green Hope, Marvin Ridge, Currituck County, and Falls Lake Academy claim NCHSAA volleyball championships

The N.C. High School Athletic Association volleyball champions were completed on Saturday with three new state champions and a three-time...

Cross country championship: Interviews with the top runners in the state plus results

Eight individual state champions were crowned Saturday at Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, N.C., including one freshman, two...

NCHSAA girls tennis championships: Green Hope, Charlotte Catholic, Maiden, Raleigh Charter win titles

The N.C. High School Athletic Association girls tennis dual-team championships were completed on Saturday with three familiar names and one...

When football returns: why this high school won’t move its games off Friday

When you ask Bryce Jeske, Anton Enoch or Brian Nunn about which days excite them the most, they’re all about...

N.C. Lottery reform commits $2 billion to needs-based school construction over 10 years

The following is a press release from House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland A needs-based capital grant program created in the...

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Finding the helpers: Fire and rescue at rural community colleges

Did you know that in rural communities, local workers like farmers and mechanics used to leave their jobs when they...

Education’s role in the upcoming election

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State Board contemplates the future: ISD, public education budget, testing

The State Board of Education voted seven to five Thursday to delay a vote on the inclusion of Wayne County’s...

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Life after Hurricane Florence in the eyes of James Sprunt student, Amelia Bridges

The humanitarian crisis in Eastern North Carolina after Hurricane Florence continues to grow worse each day. Families are struggling to...

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NC STEM Center e-Update: Bridging the Gap, Hurricane Florence, STEM jobs and you

Twice a month the NC STEM Center provides an e-update on what’s happening in STEM, and their latest edition is...

The impacts of hate and violence

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Students find their niche at Southwestern Community College

On the main campus of Southwestern Community College in Jackson County, students in some of the college’s 14 health science...

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Supporting first-generation students at Cleveland Community College

Sam normally comes to my office at least one of the two days I am on his high school campus....

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AskNC: How many people die in our jails and prisons annually?

After four staff deaths in Pasquotank Correctional Institution in 2017 and 38 inmate deaths across the state, North Carolina has seen new...